The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market was honored to be the recipient of the following grants for our 2012 market season:
Fit for Kids Grant
In December 2011, the Downtown Neighborhood Association was awarded a $3,500 grant through Making Kane County Fit for Kids’ Fit Kids 2020 Program to introduce the LINK/EBT system to Harvest Market customers for the 2012 season.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. Anyone approved to receive cash assistance or SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits here in Illinois receives an Illinois Link card. The Illinois Link card is a plastic card that looks and works like a debit card. At the Elgin Harvest Market one can use their Link card at the information booth to get tokens to buy edible foods that are not concessions. As of April there are around 16,000 families, here in Elgin, who receive Link card benefits. In Kane County there are 48,000 and in Illinois 1 out of 10 residents receive Link benefits.
Neighborhood Improvement Grant/Small Green Project Fund
Thanks to a grant from the City of Elgin’s Neighborhood Improvement Grant program, the Harvest Market recently was approved for funding of educational signage promoting sustainable initiatives at the market to increase awareness of where food comes from, promoting healthy living and making shopping easy and accessible for all customers.
Signage will include promoting the value of shopping local, importance of eating healthy and reading, educating shoppers on food terminology and currently in-season produce and a flowchart explaining how shoppers can use LINK/Debit/Credit cards at the market.
This educational signage will be displayed throughout the Harvest Market site this season.
Discover You Can Summer Education Program
Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® Brands Fresh Preserving Products recently awarded the Harvest Market a grant to help meet our mission to educate and create meaningful connections with our farmers and the Elgin community.
The program provides a canning starter kit including Ball® Brand products and outreach materials to help educate the community on the benefits of buying and preserving local, seasonal food.
The Elgin Harvest market will be showcasing three demonstrations over the summer of the basic equipment for canning, what to can, and troubleshooting, plus advanced techniques. Check out http://www.elginharvestmarket.com in the upcoming weeks for dates.
The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market – Presented by Alexian Brothers Health kicks off its 2012 season on Thursday, June 7 at 200 N. Grove Avenue with brand new hours from 4-8PM.